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The role Of citizen advisory boards during times Of fiscal stress

Aimee L. Franklin (Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma)
Victoria A. Rickard (University of Oklahoma)

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

ISSN: 1096-3367

Article publication date: 1 March 2016

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Abstract

When added together, there are currently 1000 federal advisory committees with over 60,000 participants. In one U.S. city of more than one million people there are over 700 citizens serving on advisory boards. Yet, this form of citizen participation receives scant attention in the public administration literature (Lavertu & Weimer, 2010). We use the foil of the 2008 recession to reduce the gap in our knowledge. Advisory boards offer the potential for giving citizens power since they provide direct input into decision-making. Results from interviews of 25 citizen advisory board members suggest this does occur. However, the way in which the board leverages its power is novel. The experiences of citizen advisory board members can inform attempts to increase the legitimacy of participation, especially during fiscal stress.

Citation

Franklin, A.L. and Rickard, V.A. (2016), "The role Of citizen advisory boards during times Of fiscal stress", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 49-71. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-28-01-2016-B005

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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